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It's been more than two years since The Band Perry released its platinum self-titled debut album, containing the hits "If I Die Young," "You Lie" and "All Your Life," and over a decade since The Mavericks' last collection of original music. Fans of both groups should be very excited to hear that each has a new album on the way. The Band Perry will release its as-yet-untitled sophomore album on April 2, while The Mavericks' long-awaited In Time will be out Feb. 26.
"Better Dig Two," the leadoff single from the Band Perry's new album, is already plowing its way up the charts, quickly becoming the group's fastest-rising song to date. The reactive, buzzworthy tune has already sold 650,000 downloads since its release. According to lead singer Kimberly Perry, there's plenty more in this vein on the album.
"The entire album has the same sort of teeth about it," she says. "Sometimes we approach that in a comical sense, sometimes there’s more of a spitfire attitude behind it. We’ve had a lot of brand-new experiences over the past couple years. About 99 percent of them sweet, and one percent bittersweet. And we deal with all of that on the album."
As for The Mavericks, In Time will feature the reunited group doling out its trademark sound, a stylistic hybrid that blends singer Raul Malo's Roy Orbison croon, brassy horns and an impeccably tight rhythm section. It may have taken several years for it to come to fruition, but as Raul explains, it was worth the wait.
"There is a little bit of everything on this record. This music, as this record, it just happened," says Raul. "It’s weird. It’s like we were just waiting for, like, the bat signal to get everybody in line. And here we are."
Look for more on The Band Perry and The Mavericks in upcoming issues of Country Weekly.